Welcome back to “3 Up 3 Down” our version of power rankings! UFC 262 proved to be a historical night. Here are the three trending up after Saturday.
11 years and 26 fights. That is how long it took Charles Oliveira to reach the pinnacle of the sport and win the UFC Lightweight Championship. His first fight was on the undercard of the Jon Jones v. Vladimir Matyushenko card on Versus – a network that no longer exists during Jon Jones march towards earning the title! Oliveira’s story is one of perseverance and growth. Several times he put together impressive winning streaks, only to be met with a devastating loss or serious injury. Now, after winning 6 fights, it’s clear that the uber-talented Oliveira has not only the championship skill, but mental toughness which is needed to wear the Gold in the premier mixed martial arts promotion in one of its toughest weight classes. Congrats to Do Bronx!